Why CrossFit Masters Athletes Deserve a Spot at the Regionals
By: Ggreg Glassman, Editor-in-Chief of Iron Will Magazine
Crossfitters are some of the fittest people I’ve ever met. They’re not just fit physically; they’re also mentally strong.
You’ll often hear them say things like “I’m going to go out there and do my best no matter what.”
But it’s not just their physical strength that makes them so great—it’s their mental strength. When you combine that with their training regimen, which is based around high intensity interval training (HIIT), you get a group of individuals who have all the necessary qualities to excel in any endeavor.
As someone who trains athletes myself, I’ve seen first hand how these same traits translate into success on the field or court.
The most obvious example is when it comes to hitting shots. If you want to hit a shot, you need to focus on your technique.
You don’t need to worry about whether or not you’re using proper form. All you have to do is put the ball through the hoop and that’s all that matters. It’s the same thing with lifting. The only thing that matters is getting the weight up. You don’t need to focus on your form as much as you do just getting it up.
The mental part comes into play when you have someone screaming in your ear “Dunk that motherfucker!” If you can block all of that out and just try to make the shot, then you’ll be fine.
That’s why so many of these extreme Crossfit types tend to do so well. They’re used to having people in their face screaming at them to the point where it doesn’t matter anymore.
Now I’m not saying that most Crossfit people are going to become professional athletes, but it does afford them with some benefits that most other people don’t have. They’re more fit than the average person and they have the mental fortitude needed to handle any sort of stress or distractions.
This doesn’t just apply to the general population either. I’ve worked with a number of athletes who were great at their sport and had everything you needed to succeed.
They just didn’t have the mental part down. If you could get them to adopt the extreme level of focus that these Crossfit people have, then they’d be set for life.
Whether or not you believe Crossfit is a real sport is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is that these people train like one and it’s something everyone could learn from regardless of your chosen athletic endeavor.
It’s why I believe that Crossfit masters athletes deserve a spot at the regional competitions.
As someone who has trained a number of masters Crossfitters, I can personally attest to the fact that these people are in tip top shape. I’ve seen them lift more weight than some of the world’s strongest men and do things that most gymnasts couldn’t even dream of accomplishing.
We could have had a 72 year old man advance to the Crossfit Games this year, but that opportunity was robbed from him due to a poorly worded rule. I’m not saying that Rob should have been able to compete.
All I’m saying is that these people deserve to go to regionals and achieve their dreams if they can.
I know that there are those out there who believe that Crossfit is a pseudosport or that It isn’t a sport at all. When I see these people I merely laugh at them.
Do they play video games?
If they do then they’ve participated in a sport.
Did they read this article?
If they did then they most likely are fans of the sport of writing.
Why is it not a sport because it’s done outside and sometimes you have to run around?
There’s already an established definition of sport and quite frankly Crossfit meets all the requirements. It even has its own governing body.
One of the main reasons I could see people arguing that it isn’t a sport is because there aren’t any true competitors. This is just not true.
The best competitors Crossfit has are able to perform at a professional level in their respective sports. Some of them are world class athletes and some of them would be if they just stuck to one thing. I’ve seen a lot of Crossfitters dominate their college sports.
I’d also like to point out that not most professional athletes are true competitors. I see people argue that if a person wasn’t elite at their sport then they aren’t a real competitor, but this is a very foolish and elitist way of thinking.
What it comes down to is how badly do you want something? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals?
Part of the problem is that people see a sport like Crossfit being practiced by average Joes and then they compare it to the sports that they see on TV and instantly conclude that it’s not a sport because the people participating aren’t as skilled. This isn’t really a valid criticism because those people have only been doing it for a short period of time.
When I first started playing basketball I was terrible and so were most of my friends.
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Dancers Are Athletes, But Why Aren’t They Treated As One On Campus by A Sheppard – 2019 – search.proquest.com
Why You Should Lift and Lower Heavy Things By Guest by WWLL Men, MWLL Bulldogs – marksdailyapple.com
Forging Elite Fitness: CrossFit and the Biopolitical Imperatives of Health, Becoming, and Female Muscularity DISSERTATION by AE Yaniga – 2018 – search.proquest.com